Week of July 28, 2019: Persistence and Prayer (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25



Faith To Go Podcast: Asking, Searching, Knocking . . . and Waiting

Hosted each week by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Charlette Preslar, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.



Reads: Waiting With Patience

From the Center for Action and Contemplation


Questions:

1. What is something you've had to wait for?

2. What was challenging about waiting? What was joyful about it?

3. Have you ever had the experience of coming to an answer or conclusion too quickly?

4. What would it have been like to hold the question a little bit longer?

5. Has there been a time when two opposites seemed to both be true at the same time?


Views and Qs: How Do We Pray?

Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.


Discussion Questions:

1) What people have you heard about praying in the bible?

2) What is prayer?

3) Do you know how to pray?

4) Do you recognize the prayer than Jesus taught them?

5) What is your favorite prayer?


Feast and Faith: When To Pray

Prayer-


The days are getting longer.

Keep your Spirit in my heart and mind

during this growing season.

Be with me as I finish the school year,

participate in summer activities,

enjoy the gift of summer turning into fall.


Help me recognize your works in all that I do

at work,

at rest,

and at play,

so that I can give thanks for all you provide,

even without my even asking.


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


Questions

1. What companies have interesting/funny/cool logos?

2. Do they have a slogan to accompany that logo?

3. When does Jesus want us to pray? When else?

4. What sorts of things can you pray about?

5. How does Jesus want us to use prayer?


Final nugget – Prayer isn’t just for when we’re scared (but that’s still a great time to pray!). He wants prayer to be our slogan, the thing that we strive to live up to, and embody in our lives. How can you incorporate more conversation with God into your life?



Stay and Pray: A Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day Each week we feature a way for your family to reflect and pray together. For families with older children this is an at home liturgy for your family to participate in together. It is a daily devotion for families adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.


Before you begin, take a few moments to decide who will read the scripture reading and who will read the collect and closing. Read the Psalm and Lord's Prayer in unison.

After a moment of silence, begin with the Psalm.



Psalm 85

(Read in unison)

1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *

you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.


2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *

and blotted out all their sins.


3 You have withdrawn all your fury *

and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.


4 Restore us then, O God our Savior; *

let your anger depart from us.


5 Will you be displeased with us for ever? *

will you prolong your anger from age to age?


6 Will you not give us life again, *

that your people may rejoice in you?


7 Show us your mercy, O Lord, *

and grant us your salvation.


8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *

for he is speaking peace to his faithful people

and to those who turn their hearts to him.


9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *

that his glory may dwell in our land.


10 Mercy and truth have met together; *

righteousness and peace have kissed each other.


11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *

and righteousness shall look down from heaven.


12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *

and our land will yield its increase.


13 Righteousness shall go before him, *

and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.



Luke 11:1-13

(read by assigned person)

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say:


Father, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

And do not bring us to the time of trial."


And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.' And he answers from within, `Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.' I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.


"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"



Prayers for Ourselves and For Others (take this time to each offer one person/event that you would like to hold in prayer as well as one thing you are thankful for)


Dear God, tonight I ask your prayers for.......


and I give you thanks for ..........


Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

(read in unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen


The Collect

(read by assigned person)

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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